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Horizon 2020 – Updated 2016-17 Work Programme

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Horizon%202020For those of you eagerly awaiting the opening of the 2017 Horizon 2020 calls, things have moved a step closer with the publication of an updated version of the 2016-17 Work Programme. We anticipate that there will be around 50 calls and other actions worth in the region of €8.5 billion during 2017.

You can find all updated documents on Participant Portal in the ‘Reference Documents’ section – just click on the area that you’re interested in to find out more about priorities, timings and budgets (Ed – you’ll need to scroll down to the ‘Main WP’ folder).

Our good friends at UKRO are also providing summaries by area of the Work Programme, which provide a handy guide to the key changes. (Ed – if you’re not signed up to the UKRO portal we’d highly recommend it and suggest it’s well worth the couple of minutes it takes to set up a profile. It’s fairly straightforward, but if you have any problems do get in touch – 

In parallel, a factsheet summarising the overarching 2017 priorities and call budgets has also been made available here. This gives some great insight when thinking about how your project fits in with and addresses the wider priorities and agendas of the EU.

Key change for 2016-17 – Annex L Open Access

One key change affecting all projects from 2017 is the move to roll out the Horizon 2020 Open Data Pilot, making open access to research data the default option for all projects. A specific Annex to the Work Programme (Annex L) provides more detail, but in summary:

  • Projects will be expected to make data needed to validate their research findings (and required instructions) available on an open access basis
  • Projects will need to provide a Data Management Plan as a deliverable within their project.
  • Costs relating to making data openly available can be incorporated into projects.

There is the option to opt out of this obligation, for example if there is the potential to jeopardise protection of commercially sensitive results, create security issues or is incompatible with rules on protecting personal data (Ed – Annex L gives more detail, and there will not be penalties when applications are assessed), but a case needs to be made.

To assist consortia, there is some really helpful information available on Participant Portal, which gives you information on both open access and data management (Ed – there is a helpful outline of a DMP on this page).

If you’re thinking about a project get in touch

As ever, we’re keen to hear from anyone who is thinking about applying for a Horizon 2020 project and we’re happy to provide advice and support. Just drop us a line at


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